This past weekend, my daughter and I visited Canadian Tire to choose some lovelies for our front garden. Usually the kids and I plant annuals in pots on our back deck, but last year we removed some old plantings in our front garden so we figured the front needed a bit of love this year. 🙂
I’m not much of a planner when it comes to the garden – I’m a visual kinda girl, so whatever catches my eye and suits the garden conditions (i.e. full sun, good soil drainage, etc) is what we bring home. Luckily, despite it being early in the season, Canadian Tire had a good selection of beautiful blooms at reasonable prices.
My daughter had very specific “likes”… she continually pointed out her favourite flowers to me, but was disappointed when I explained that we couldn’t put partial shade flowers in a full sun environment.
|Too bad… the card reads “Part Shade” 🙁
There were so many options available to us – including hanging pots (hubby said the hooks on our porch overhang wouldn’t support them; supposedly, they are only for Christmas lights) and ready-made planters – that it got a bit overwhelming for me, the non-gardener.
My daughter thought I was taking WAY too long deciding on what flowers to buy, so she went exploring the rest of the garden centre, where she found every kind of tool, fertilizer and seed you’d ever want, as well as some tiki statues and garden gnomes with attitude (she wanted to take one home!).
|Garden gnomes with attitude!
Once I got focused again, I realized I needed some help. Luckily, a very friendly associate named Linda was there to assist us. I told her which kind of flowers we usually plant – New Guinea Impatiens – and that whatever goes in our garden needs to be hardy and able to bounce back from a few days without water. (I’m not the best at remembering to water the garden every day.) We wanted to get something different from “the usual”, so she helped us decide on some beautiful plants that caught my eye almost the minute we entered the garden center – Regal Geraniums.
We prepped the garden by turning over the soil and removing any weeds that were growing in there. Then, we set out the plants to determine the best spots for them.
|Setting the plants in position
Next came the fun part! I did most of the digging because we have two existing hosta plants I had to be careful not to disrupt, but my kids took turns watering the holes and scooping a bit of bone meal into each one. The rest went pretty quickly… loosening the plants in their containers, gently pulling them out and placing them in the prepped holes, then packing the dirt gently around the base of the plants. The final step was a nice, gentle drink of water for each of the plants.
|Adding a bit of bone meal to each hole
|Watering the hole
|Watering the newly-planted flowers
I think our garden turned out really well – check out the “before and after” pictures, below.
The plants are beautiful and, hopefully, they will stand up to the hot, humid summer to come! Despite not being a great gardener, I feel like each time I plant something I gain a bit of confidence.
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